The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a resolution honoring the life of former Lieutenant Governor and University of Oklahoma football star Jack Mildren. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, President of the Senate, presided over the chamber as the resolution was read and approved unanimously. Mildren, age 58, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and died on Thursday.
Sen. Kenneth Corn, principal author of Senate Resolution 105, said he was extremely saddened by Mildren’s passing. He recalled Mildren as a man who loved life and always had a smile on his face.
“Even though he’ll always be remembered as the famous football star, he was an extremely successful businessman, creating jobs for countless Oklahomans,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “As Lt. Governor, he showed us that integrity is more important than partisan politics, and he worked tirelessly to promote the state he loved.”
Known as the Godfather of the Wishbone, Mildren also achieved later success in the oil businesses as co-founder and President of Regency Exploration, Inc., and as an independent oil operator. He also hosted a daily sports radio talk show on two local radio stations, as well as two television sports programs.
Sen. Jeff Rabon served as then Lt. Gov. Mildren’s senior administrative assistant in the early 1990’s. Rabon recalled Mildren as the most selfless man he’d ever met.
“He was tough and smart on the football field, in politics and business. I admire his character and his tenacity, and I’m very sad that we’ve lost him at such a young age,” said Rabon, D-Hugo. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Mildren family.”